10 Health Benefits Of Acai Berries
Acai (ah-sigh-ee) berries are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding two times the amount of blueberries and ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes. As they are extremely high in many forms of phytochemicals (antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage to cells.
2. Aids In Weight Loss
Acai berries are known as a super-food, with preliminary studies showing that acai may help us not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study from the National Institute of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet in laboratory studies on flies.
3. Heart Health
Acai Berries are rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels. They also have similar effects to red wine, with research showing that acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream.
4. May Help Fight Cancer
Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an immune-system-boosting combination that has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply. Acai berries are not a cure for cancer; but hopefully more research will examine their benefits and potential role in the fight.
5. Promotes Skin Health
Acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run. Many modern beauty products are carrying acai oil, again due to the oil’s high antioxidant content. When eaten the berries can also give your skin a healthier glow. In fact, Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions.
6. Helps With Digestive Upset
The berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body and are a well-known traditional source of dietary fibre. Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal function.
7. Improved Cellular Health
The naturally occuring anthocyanins found in acai play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.
8. Energy Boost
Taking acai extract can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina due to its overall health benefits and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of berries and you will be ready to go in no time. Also see my favourite summer recipe for the Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl. Breakfast will never be the same again!
9. Better Sex
This famous red berry is known to increase overall blood circulation in the human body, a circumstance that may contribute to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.
10. Improves Mental Function
Preliminary research studies show that acai may prevent mental imbalance in menopausal women.
For an amazing Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe check out my favourite recipe HERE.
Only buy organically-certified Acai. Not only are they safer, but taste better too. If you can’t find acai berries, another good source of antioxidant fruits are goji berries.